Offering an efficient single-day cruise transfer from Whittier, the Park Connection Motorcoach is a convenient choice for passengers starting their land package tours. The transfer takes about eight hours, including a lunch stop in Anchorage.
An efficient single-day cruise transfer from Whittier.
The Park Connection coach departs Whittier via a two-mile, one-lane tunnel. On the other side, the bus enters the beautiful Bear Valley, passing Portage Lake and continuing past mountains draped in hanging glaciers. The scenery along the Turnagain Arm, the site of one of the largest tidal changes in North America, is equally dramatic.
All passengers get off the bus and collect their luggage after arriving in downtown Anchorage around noon. Park Connection staff are there to check bags and hold them for departure. From here, passengers can take advantage of the three-hour break between buses to stretch their legs and have lunch.
The Talkeetna motorcoach leaves at 3 PM, heading north through the small towns of Eagle River, Wasilla, and Willow. On clear days, Mt. Denali is visible from several places on this drive, and even on clouded days the surrounding spruce forests offer pretty scenery of its own before the trip concludes in Talkeetna.
The Park Connection bus line operates the Whittier cruise transfer route on designated cruise ship days. The motorcoach has just one stop in Talkeetna at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
The Park Connection runs a fleet of modern 52-seat Prevost motorcoaches. Passengers on board enjoy comfortable reclining seats equipped with seatbelts, footrests, armrests, and outlets. Seating is first-come, first-served. There is one lavatory located in the rear of the bus. Large luggage is stowed by Park Connection staff in lower bays. Guests can store their smaller items in overhead bins.
Park Connection drivers provide casual commentary on the surrounding area, keeping it light to give passengers time to relax and enjoy the picturesque wonder of Alaska's landscape. Photo stops may be made at the driver's discretion as weather and time permits.
What to Bring
The motorcoaches have large picture windows at every seat, so bring a camera onboard to capture the scenery along the way.
The Park Connection allows two bags per person and one small carry on item. Additional fees may apply for excessively large oversized bags or items like bicycles, fish boxes, fishing equipment, or climbing equipment. There is no charge for items like strollers, car seats, wheelchairs, scooters, or oxygen concentrators.
Park Connection motorcoaches are wheelchair accessible. Please notify the Park Connection at least 48-hours in advance if wheelchair accessibility is required. Each motorcoach can accommodate up to two wheelchair passengers at one time.
Passengers must be at their designated pickup location at least 15 minutes prior to the schedule departure time. Pickup and dropoff locations are strictly limited to the list below.
Whittier Departures Whittier Cruise Terminal
Talkeetna Arrivals Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Rates & Dates
Here are the rates and operating dates for this product. Remember, we have a lowest price guarantee for nearly everything we sell.
Child rates apply to children under the age of 12.
Rates & Dates
5/20/23 (Sa) to 9/13/23 (W)5/20/23 (Sa) to 9/13/23 (W)
The rates above are subject to change without notice.
Departure times and locations are listed below. Click on a link for an interactive map.